So, I tried to look for the oldest and “the most original” Croatian recipes that are out there.
Some time ago, I considered traditional cuisine not that exciting and kinda mainstream, “everyone knows this stuff” kind of thing. But today, I realize its worth and appreciate its specific taste based on quite simple blend of ingredients, without additives and similar nasty poisons that modern age integrated in our day-to-day diet.
I’ll introduce to you, as well, “the modern everyday” Croatian way of cooking and make you more familiar with Croatian food.
If we look into the Croatian history, we’ll see huge influences of various nations:
Italian influence in Dalmatia, Middle Europe influence in North Croatia and Turkish influence from our neighbor Bosnia.
Therefore, the richness and colorfulness of Croatian cuisine as a result of those historical dynamics isn’t much of a surprise, isn’t it?
As live in Split, I’ll mostly write about Dalmatian food. I’ll show you its Mediterranean spirit which, having in mind the long Adriatic cost and more than 1000 islands, Dalmatia certainly has.However, I won’t forget to mention tasteful and delicious food from other parts of Croatia.
Dalmatian cuisine is not too heavy and consists of lots of fresh fish, crabs, olive oil, vegetables and fruit.
As Green market in Split is all year around “green”, there is always fresh and affordable produce from local farmers. Recipes will, logically, follow seasons.
In Croatia, families still cook daily, at least one meal.
Every occasional gathering (even “just for a glass of wine”) ends up with lots of homemade food and yummy creations. Usually starting around 8pm and never finishing before 2 in the morning.
Sometimes, during hot summer nights spent talking, eating, dancing we arrive to the first morning lights and are ready to eat again, cause it’s breakfast time!
I can say it is still “a life around table” and it’s all about food.